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Bihar cops restrained from using mobile phones, social media while on traffic, VIP duty

Cops in Bihar have been restrained from using social media, or mobile, or any electronic device, while on traffic or VVIP duty unless it is a special situation. Bihar is not the first state to issue such a directive. In 2019, Rajasthan has passed a similar order for police personnel. The new restraining order has...

Telcos ask Centre to remove misleading social media posts linking COVID-19 & 5G

With lack of common sense being very common, social media messages linking the 5G technology with the spread of COVID-19 have gone viral. Now, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has requested the Union government to remove such misleading social media posts. The association comprises Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. Although there...

No clampdown on citizens voicing their grievance on social media regarding COVID-19, warns SC

The Supreme Court on Friday said that there should be no clampdown on citizens for voicing their concerns and grievances on social media regarding COVID-19. The court, during the hearing of pleas concerning the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, said that it would consider it a “contempt of court” if any citizen is harassed...

Centre announces rules to regulate social media, OTT platforms

The Centre on Thursday released new rules to regulate the content on social media, online streaming and digital content platforms. The government has said that social media giants are welcome to do business in India, but warned them that their double-standard policies will not be acceptable in India. The government has notified the Information Technology...

Social media users criticising the Bihar govt may face police action

The Bihar government has issued an order directing action against social media users who publish offensive posts against the government. The Economic Offences Wing, the agency in-charge of cybercrimes in Bihar, has asked all state departments to report any wrong, defamatory post against ministers, MPs and MLAs, as well as government officials. Letter to state...

Impact of social media: Exceptional or exaggerated?

Rama Moondra: Not so long ago, social media was just another source of entertainment. It was an extra accessory, mostly of youngsters, mainly to upload about their own lives and flaunt it before others. In the past 15 years, approximately, social media has become a fully integrated part of the daily lives of most people....

DGP Gujarat puts in place social media rules for police

 DGP Gujarat warns cops against political, communal posts or commentary on current events DGP Gujarat has put in place a ‘model code of conduct’ for police personnel in the state for social media. A notification for police personnel warns that members should not post or forward anything that violates existing rules. The ‘model code of...

Private college director, others held for thrashing Nigerian students in Haridwar

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the beating of two Nigeria students in Haridwar. The arrested include the director of a private engineering college in Haridwar, Parag Jain, five security guards, registrar Munendra Chauhan and a non-teaching staff member. A video of the students in pain without their shirts and crying ‘oh God,...

Ratan Tata appeals for empathy, asks online community not to spread hate

Industrialist Ratan Tata on Sunday appealed for “empathy” as he pointed out that “online community (is) being hurtful to each other, bringing each other down, harshly and with quick judgments”. “This year has been full of challenges,” the Chairman of Tata Trusts said in a post shared on his official Instagram account in an apparent...

After social media backlash over ‘classist’ ad, Kent RO apologises

Kent RO, a water purifier brand apologised and withdrew an advertisement for an ‘atta and bread maker’ after a severe backlash over the same. Many social media users called the company’s ad “classist” and “misogynist”. The company’s advertisement for its new product, cautioned against a housemaid kneading flour to make dough, claiming...

Two constables in MP suspended after video of them brutally beating a man goes viral

Two policemen, who were seen beating a man in a video that went viral on social media, have been suspended. The cops belong to Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh. The incident took place in Pipla Naryanwar village a few days ago, media reports said. Additional Superintendent of Police Shashank Garg was quoted as saying that...

3 Indian expats sacked from jobs in UAE over Islamophobic social media posts

Islamophoic posts on social media has led to the sacking of three more Indian expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Earlier, given the rise in such posts and the Gulf nations taking cognizance of the matter, Indian ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor had warned Indians against such posts on social media. In recent...